Skincare has been an important part of our lives for as long as we can remember. The Egyptians combined animal fat with olive oil and other plants to soothe the skin. The concept of skincare was later explored by the Greeks in the second century. It was only in the mid-1900s that American companies like Estee Lauder and Carmex perfected the recipe for blemish-free skin.
In the modern era, skin care is a thriving industry that was valued at 2.1 billion USD in 2021 and is expected to grow at a rate of 10%.
With the average Indian becoming more fashion-conscious, a parallel growth has been observed in the skincare and beauty segment.
Well, who doesn’t want smooth, glowing skin?
Pollutants, dust, dirt, and ozone rays from the sun are major factors that contribute to the degradation of skin.
It is also important to highlight that over 50% of all skincare products contain PFAs, a class of harmful chemicals with adverse health effects on humans.
The new-age consumer is slowly but surely shifting to products that rely on the bounty of nature; while it is important to nourish the skin externally, we must remember to consume fruits and vegetables that nourish the skin.
Here are 5 nutrients that help keep the skin healthy.
A super antioxidant that supports the immune system, promotes radiant skin and heals blemishes. Vitamin C is required to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply blood to your skin.
Selenium works as a team with antioxidants like Vitamins E and C. It boosts your immune system and protects your skin against sun damage, age spots and cancer.
Vitamin E is a skin-protective nutrient that prevents oxidative cell damage and promotes healthy skin.
Zinc helps in the normal functioning of your sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands). It also helps repair skin damage and maintains the texture of your skin.
Not a nutrient but keeping yourself hydrated ensures that your skin stays soft and smooth.
Top 10 fruits and vegetables to eat for glowing skin:
Carrots are rich in vitamin A which is an excellent nutrient for your skin. They prevent excess sebum/oil production. Carrots guard your pores and prevent clogging of pores. They help flush out toxins and give you healthy and fresh-looking skin.
Spinach is an iron-rich vegetable that also contains vitamins A, C, and K. These vitamins keep your skin radiant and help it to heal from dark spots and scars. It is rich in antioxidants that fight skin ailments like breakouts, inflammation, and ageing. It cleanses your body from within, which then shows on your face and skin.
A hydrating fruit in itself, watermelon consists of 92% water and is packed with vitamins A, C, B1, and B6. These nutrients help flush out all the toxins from your body. The lycopene in watermelon protects your skin from free radical damage.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which is a boon for skin health. It prevents oxidative damage and damage due to sun exposure. It boosts collagen formation and minimises inflammation.
Owing to its colour, papaya is a rich source of vitamin A. Along with the benefits of vitamin A, papaya is also rich in papain which helps to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Consume this fruit daily to reduce your breakouts and lighten your skin.
Blueberries are delicious and highly fulfilling for your skin. Rich in their citrous content, blueberries also have high fibre and antioxidant content. This prevents skin discolouration and boosts skin health. Blueberries also improve your blood circulation, which gives you a rosy blush on your cheeks.
Avocado is a buttery fruit that keeps your skin supple, healthy, and blemish-free. Rich in essential fatty acids, avocado hydrates your skin. It reduces the signs of early ageing and protects your skin against the harmful rays of the sun.
Pineapples are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. They contain bromelain, which helps renew dead skin cells. Bromelain also reduces the inflammation of your skin.
The king of fruits is your go-to remedy for healthy skin. It is rich in xanthophylls, polyphenolics, flavonoids, beta carotene and Vitamins A, C, E and K. It protects your skin against sun damage and DNA damage.
An apple a day keeps the dermatologist away. Rich in antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, calcium and Vitamins A and C, apples are great for your skin. They eliminate free radicals and aid in skin health.
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Spot-free carrots with a sweet earthy flavour
Alpha-carotene is closely associated with better sleep
Small citrus with balanced sweetness & notes of vanilla
Provides 100% of daily Vitamin C needs
Their balanced sweet flavour makes them perfect for juicing
Provides 100% of daily Vitamin C needs